2012 is already off to a great start with lots of new tunes finding their way to my playlist. Between those albums that have already released this year and the highly-anticipated ones just around the corner, this is shaping up to be a big year in music! Here are the albums that I’ve got spinning this week:
1. Where I Find You (Sparrow), Kari Jobe
This is leaps and bounds beyond her debut album. In fact, the transformation took me by surprise! Jobe’s sophomore effort is mature, relevant and emotive. Sparrow was wise to snatch her up! This album proves she is more than another routine female worship leader, but she has a knack for spiritually-relevant pop tunes. I do believe Ed Cash has turned Kari into a pop songstress! Radio single “We Are” is infectious. She should be a lovely, powerful addition to Winter Jam this year. The eloquent album hits stores and digital outlets today.
2. Barton Hollow (Sensibility), The Civil Wars
Ever since I saw them perform flawlessly in front of a packed house at the historic Ryman Auditorium earlier this month, I’ve had The Civil Wars on repeat. OK, let’s be honest, I’ve had them on repeat for the past two years. It’s that good. They are the best thing to come out of music in a long time. They debuted their new song with Taylor Swift at the Nashville show, and let’s just say we can’t wait till The Hunger Games releases just so we can hear this song in the movie!
3. Give Us Rest (a requiem mass in c [the happiest of all keys]) (sixsteps), David Crowder Band
DCB is taking their final bow, but not before giving us what may very well be their greatest undertaking yet. With over two hours of music, calling it epic is a bit of an understatement. The band recently gave its final performance at Passion 2012 in Atlanta, Ga., earlier this month. They may have played their last concert, but DCB is leaving us with a lovely parting gift.
This is one of the best debuts I’ve heard in quite some time. McCaul’s soothing alto coupled with her intelligent lyrics make for a beautiful album. (Think Nichole Nordeman and Bethany Dillon.) It’s a shame radio isn’t embracing McCaul’s music. She has a lot to say, and her thoughtful prose deserves a platform.
Dave’s new record doesn’t come out till March, but advance copies were serviced to media last week. The GRAMMY nominee wrote many of the songs for the new album after learning his wife was pregnant. Barnes tapped into his paternal feelings on the brink of first-time fatherhood. Lest you think the album is all lullabies, rest assured that Dave’s signature ballads and soulful pop gems are all in tact. New single “Mine to Love” (yes, this is one of the songs for the baby) is a great follow-up to “God Gave Me You.”
**Other albums I’m looking forward to in the coming months: Audrey Assad, Britt Nicole, Christy Nockels, Passion, All Sons & Daughters, for KING & COUNTRY
What are your favorite albums right now?